Black Christmas: Police gives update on man who beat wife to death in Abeokuta - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE

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Friday, December 27, 2019

Black Christmas: Police gives update on man who beat wife to death in Abeokuta


Domestic violence is a serious threat to life, unfortunately, it still happens in some families - as witnessed in Ogun State on Christmas day.

A minor misunderstanding between Mutiu Sonola and wife Zainab Shotayo, unfortunately, led to the death of the 34-year-old woman.

The husband has already been arrested by detectives from Ibara Division of the Ogun State Police Command as confirmed by Abimbola Oyeyemi - the Police Public Relations Officer in Ogun State.


“The suspect was arrested on Wednesday 25th of December 2019 following a report by the father of the deceased who complained at Ibara division that he was called on phone that his daughter was having a misunderstanding with her husband and that she has been beaten to coma by the husband," Abimbola stated.

“He said that he quickly rushed to the scene and took her daughter to the General hospital, Ijaye where the doctor confirmed her dead.

“As soon as the suspect realised that the victim is dead, he took to his heels and on the strength of the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Ibara division, Dada Olusegun mobilized his detectives and went after the suspect.

“His hiding place was eventually located and he was promptly arrested."

Meanwhile, the suspect has been transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Abeokuta, for further investigation.


Lessons and advice

1. Whatever the circumstances, when you suspect domestic violence is affecting the life of someone near you, kindly report to the nearest Police Station to avoid another case of Mutiu and the late Shotayo.

2. It’s amazing what happens when we break the silence. You learn you’re not alone and realize you have a community to lean on and learn from and most importantly, you start working together to change the world and live a better life.

3. For all men out there, don't be like Mutiu, love your wife and never raise your hands on her - no matter the situation. Remember, patience is a virtue.

Rest well, Zainab!

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